New Travel Perks for Amex Centurion Cardholders
By Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.
October 20, 2010
Starting December 1, consumers with the exclusive Centurion Card can look forward to adding some additional rewards travel benefits.
First of all, Amex will offer cardholders a yearly $200 airline fee credit for incidental travel-related charges. Whether it's buying an in-flight meal, getting a one-day pass for an airport lounge, checking an extra bag (or paying overweight charges on your spouse's suitcase), American Express will cover up to $200 of such travel-related charges for Centurion cardholders. Cardholders must enroll in the service to get the $200 credit, and it applies to one selected airline.
In addition, cardholders who use the Amex Pay with Points program to redeem rewards point to pay for travel-related expenses, such as flights, hotels, and vacation packages, will get 20 percent of the points credited back to their account. This feature essentially increases the value of rewards earnings by 20 percent when cardholders use the Pay with Points service. For example, a cardholder cashing in 30,000 points to pay for an airline ticket, will receive back a 6,000 point travel bonus.
Amex has also launched a complimentary mobile app to help users stay abreast on flight alerts, locate airport lounges, download an airport guide, and so on.
The new rewards benefits are in addition to those already afforded to Amex Centurion cardholders. These include access to personal services from Amex concierges, who will help with travel-related booking, restaurant reservations and even personalized shopping.
For the exclusive Centurion card, perks include free upgrades to business or first class upon availability, free companion tickets, and elite status on certain hotels and resorts, and more.